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Saturday, 20th February 2010

Libraries: Mount Vernon Gets $38 Million Gift to Build a Research Library

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Mount Vernon [located in suburban Washington D,C.] has a thorny problem: Not enough about George Washington is being taught in schools and many students know just bare facts about the first president.

In recent years, officials at Mount Vernon have mounted an aggressive campaign to counter this obstacle. On Friday, they received an enormous boost when it was announced that Washington's historic estate received a record-breaking gift of $38 million to construct a research library on its grounds.

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The library and adjacent guesthouse, which is expected to open in 2012, will cover 45,000 square feet and be within walking distance of the mansion. The library, officials said, will initially house about 45 books from Washington's library, 450 letters and manuscripts written by Washington and a collection of 1,500 18th-century books and documents. In the future, the library will be the home for Washington's correspondence, a 90-book project that scholars at the University of Virginia have been editing for 40 years.

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